CUL­TURE

Esquire (UK) - - Contents - Edited by Mi­randa Collinge

Pho­tog­ra­pher An­dreas Gursky makes an ex­hi­bi­tion of him­self; Feel Free with Zadie Smith; Den­zel Wash­ing­ton is out of time in Ro­man J Is­rael, Esq; track­ing the last days Obama as Po­tus44; Django Django are un­der Mar­ble Skies; get­ting to the bot­tom of cof­fee; Three Bill­boards Out­side Eb­bing, Mis­souri; fight­ing pre-apoc­a­lyp­tic crime in Hard Sun; a sur­pris­ing new N.E.R.D al­bum; Stronger

Lon­don’s Hay­ward Gallery re­opens with an An­dreas Gursky ret­ro­spec­tive that’s breath­tak­ing in ev­ery sense It’s hard to work out why the Ger­man pho­tog­ra­pher An­dreas Gursky’s pho­to­graphs, around 60 of which will be on dis­play at the Hay­ward Gallery in Lon­don, its first show af­ter a two-year re­fur­bish­ment, are so claus­tro­pho­bic. Af­ter all, there’s so much space in them — wide skies, vast ware­houses, sprawl­ing apart­ment blocks, end­lessly me­an­der­ing rivers. And there’s so much de­tail: the wrap­pers of thou­sands of stacked pack­ets of candy, in all the colours of the rain­bow; the bright jack­ets worn and pieces of pa­per strewn

about by traders on the floor of the New York Stock Ex­change; bat­tal­ions of beach um­brel­las on a beach in Ri­mini. “But,” you can’t help but ask your­self,

“where on Earth am I?”

Gursky, whose “Rhein II” is the most ex­pen­sive photograph ever sold, reach­ing £2.7m at auc­tion in 2016, takes, and in some in­stances ma­nip­u­lates, pho­tos that show the way the world looks and sug­gest the way it works. Con­sumerism ap­pears on a gi­gan­tic scale, be it shelves of books and other prod­ucts at an Ama­zon stor­age fa­cil­ity in Phoenix, Ari­zona, or a vast field of so­lar pan­els in the south of

France, that make it clear how much im­pact we have as a species, while also seem­ing to im­ply how lit­tle sig­nif­i­cance each of us has as an in­di­vid­ual. This is a ma­jor show with big ideas that will leave you feel­ing very small in­deed.

Pre­vi­ous page: Bahrain 1, and right, Ama­zon, both by An­dreas Gursky, are head­ing to the Hay­ward in the new year

An­dreas Gursky, 25 Jan­uary — 22 April 2018, Hay­ward Gallery, Lon­don SE1; south­bank­cen­tre.co.uk

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